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Educate Ethical and Innovative Leaders for Africa



We seek to begin a movement to improve the quality of education in Africa. We have founded a new type of rigorous African university: one designed to empower young Africans with the entrepreneurial skills and ethical foresight to be agents of change in their communities. All gifts will be combined to support Ashesi University's mission of educating ethical, entrepreneurial leaders for a new Africa.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Africa's educational systems, which often emphasize rote memorization, authoritarian teaching regimes, and do not encourage ethical principles, are failing to nurture the kinds of leaders who can build a brighter future. At Ashesi we cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform their continent.

How will this project solve this problem?

Our major innovation is our curriculum, which is based on best practices from top universities but is designed to address the needs of the African context. Our practical majors in business and technology, combined with a rigorous liberal arts core that focuses on ethics, community service and creative problem-solving prepare students to thrive in Africa's complex environment.

Potential Long Term Impact

Africa has lost an estimated 1/3 of its professionals in the last 20 years. To prosper, Africa needs energized young Africans to stay and work for change. 100% of our graduates find quality jobs and careers after graduation and over 95% stay in Africa and help grow local and international businesses and start new enterprises. Over the next ten years, Ashesi will grow to over 1,000 students, add new high impact majors and expand recruiting and scholarships to students from across Africa.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $8,655
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,345
Total Funding Goal: $10,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Sara Vandenbelt

Seattle, WA United States

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